Media and Communications Manager of the European Geosciences Union
January 2011 – present
Bárbara Ferreira, a Portuguese citizen, started working at the EGU Executive Office in Munich as EGU Media and Communications Officer in September 2011. With the addition of a Communications Officer to the EGU team in 2013, Bárbara was promoted to EGU Media and Communications Manager, the post she currently holds. She coordinates media-related and science information communications between the Union and its membership, the working media, and the public at large. Her activities include producing EGU news items, press releases and the EGU newsletter, as well as managing the press office at the EGU General Assembly.
Before joining EGU, Bárbara worked as a science writer at the European Southern Observatory, based in Garching near Munich, and as a freelance technical editor for London-based Form & Content Media. She also spent three months at the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in London on secondment during her PhD.
Bárbara’s background is in physics, mathematics and astronomy. She completed an undergraduate degree in astronomy from the University of Porto, Portugal, in 2005 and a masters in applied mathematics (Part III of the Mathematical Tripos) from the University of Cambridge, UK, in 2006. She has a PhD in mathematical astrophysics, also from the University of Cambridge. Her thesis, completed and defended in 2010, focused on the variability of black-hole accretion discs.